Like any creative project, the work needs to simmer in order to be ready for final touches. My life as a writer goes through cycles with undetermined and unplanned (for the most part) amount of time for each cycle. I have two unpublished novels that I have edited that are simmering. Over the past week, one of the two novels appeared in my conscious thoughts – another round of edits is going to be needed. I am removing the naturist aspect from the story because I have clarity about the audience for the story. I now that this is necessary, but it does sadden me a bit.
And then, another idea appeared out of nowhere. What if I have two versions of the same story, for two different audiences? It was an idea that requires time to simmer before I act. In order to make that idea work, the only solution I can come up with at the moment, is to publish the naturist version with a pseudonym, such as René Beauchemin, and the non-naturist version with my real name. I have done this already with A Small Company of Pilgrims, the first book in the naturist novel series. The same story, unchanged was also published as The Half-Naked Pilgrim.
That seems simple enough, however, I have come to realise that this just doesn’t cut it. Which version [author name] do I keep active. it has ramifications to my already published work, the naturist novel series. I think it would mean that I would have to discontinue [unpublish] the novels published using my real name. Both Paul and Will use pseudonyms, as do most other naturist fiction writers, so there is that.
I assume that I will continue writing both naturist and non-naturist fiction. The non-naturist fiction has the primary audience of family and friends, and for the general market for when I return to doing book-signing events. The naturist novels will continue to be focused on readers who are interested in the genre. These novels won’t be taken to national book-chain stores for sale.
Now, I invite you, our readers here, to weigh in. Pseudonym – yes or no. And, why?